Why have we been fighting for women’s right for over a 100 years with hardly a step forward? Why doesn’t the highly male dominated world broaden their minds and see that women are not inferior to them? Why are we still fighting for our rights despite being a “modern” society?
Questions, questions, questions.
The day a girl is born into an Indian household, she is basically born with cuffs on her hands. In our history textbooks, we learn of several dozen kings of the medieval ages. We also learn about the riches they bring into our country. Yet, for some reason, we don’t really talk about their wives. Even if we do, it’s in a romantic context where the kings have showered their queens with riches and monuments. Have we ever stopped to think that women are actually the reason most men are who they are?
Women are the birth-givers. They hold you in their womb for nine months and all they expect in return is some respect. Women were forced to live behind closed doors and watch their sons and husband earn a name for themselves. Books and history have shown us how women were being suppressed in terms of education and livelihood.
In a world that deemed a woman as nothing without his man, shining out and being recognized was just a dream. In witch hunts in Early Modern Europe goes on to show that men were, in reality, afraid of women. When women started using medicines and herbs to help cure people, men started seeing that women were becoming self-sufficient. They came to see that women have minds of their own that they can use for more than just cooking and taking care of their children. History doesn’t state any man being accused of witchcraft.
In pre-independent India, widows were pushed into their dead husband’s pyre. WHY? They don’t have a life without their male counterpart? After years of standing up for our fair share, we have rights to vote now.
All the old reasons that women have fought for have almost disappeared, but new ones have sprung up now. Most women in urban households have no reason to worry about not getting an education or a job, but in rural India and several other backward nations, they are still viewed as unpaid servants who stay at home and look after the household only.
Why do women pay dowry to men when men are the so-called “money earners” of a house? When they have a job and earn a living, why do they take money, jewels and other “gifts” from their wives’ family?
Urban women are constantly living in fear of getting sexually harassed. We’re humans too. Our bodies are our own. Why are we living in a world where men assume that they can gawk at us and strip us naked with their eyes?
Showing even a small percentage of skin makes us think thrice. Every week, a new article or story comes out about women being used and abused. Baring our bodies isn’t the reason is it? Women in burkhas are assaulted too. Age doesn’t seem to make any difference either. Months old babies and 80 year old grandmas are ruthlessly violated.
Tens of thousands of women are victimized in our country alone. Yet, not many open up about it. They’re scared of being shamed. This is such an obvious example of how screwed our society’s thinking is. Men force you, men rape you, men touch you and feel you up, men leer at you. But for some reason, YOU get humiliated and looked down upon at the end of the ordeal.
Why do men think that it is okay to step into any woman’s personal space without consent? What gave them the idea that we belong to them for their entertainment? Why are we considered as eye candies and objects?
Women today are doing beautiful and powerful things. Many are CEOs of companies, so many are strong sportspeople, they are pilots, fighters, boxers, singers, actresses, teachers, tourist guides, writers, bloggers and so much more. Women are making the world a better place, consciously and unconsciously.
It is time for a change. IWD shouldn’t be the only day to see to those changes. Use today as a day to reassess the importance of the women in your lives and give them the respect and reverence they deserve. #BeBoldForChange.